Azeitão Cheese Museum...
At the Azeitão Cheese Museum visitors are invited to wander around, watch and even, "hands on", learn to make the famous Azeitão cheese as it used to be made
Let your senses awaken and enjoy walking around the Quinta Velha Cheese Museum.
The unique aroma of half a century of cheesemaking still remains in the cheesery and a traditional knowledge waits to be discovered. These secular techniques have combined the delicacy of experienced hands with a profound knowledge of Nature and the necessary harmony between man and his surrounding environment.
Visiting this space is to walk into a living and timeless museum.
Visiting the Quinta Velha Cheese Museum is to witness the natural wealth of the Arrábida Hills, the unique features of the Saloia lineage of sheep and the history of a people who has kept, since time immemorial, the knowledge and craft of making Azeitão Cheese.
Participate in this process if you wish, or simply chose to watch. We have created the conditions that permit you to experience and learn the techniques of the this ancient craft.
Become a part of this piece of history!
Come and visit us.
We are expecting you.
To feel...To experience…To enjoy…Unique, different and typical flavours of this region.
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Discover the sensory delights of Quinta Velha. Wander around the farm, appreciating the views and the landscape, breathe in the wonderful aromas that waft down from the Arrabida Hills, and taste our delicious sheep''s cheese and the honey made from our own hives situated among the wild flowers and herbs that cover the slopes. Buy some of our organic vegetables and fruit, home-made chutneys from our own produce and our unique elderflower cordial! Come and try the local wines, the wood-oven country bread and the traditional biscuits and cakes made in the nearby village of Villa Nogueira de Azeitão.
Enrich your taste-buds - come and share this experience with us!
Those in the know say that the secret in making Azeitão cheese is in the hands that knead and blend the curdled milk to separate the curds from the whey.
Skilled craftspeople in the old traditions are becoming more and more scarce and many of the old trades are dying out. We at the Azeitão Cheese Museum hope to encourage artisans from the region to come and present their handicraft, in some cases working while you watch, and hopefully you will find something that you wish to buy and in this way help us to keep these trades alive. There will be baskets, hand painted earthenware, furniture made from tree pruning, objects and clothes made from cork, etc.
In this old-fashioned grocery store you will find freshly picked produce from the biological farm and other quality products from local suppliers. There will be baskets, hand painted earthenware, furniture made from tree pruning, objects and clothes made from cork, etc.
In this old-fashion grocery store you will find freshly picked produce from the farm and other quality products from local suppliers.\r\n
\r\nAs healthy food is the basis of a healthy life we have placed our efforts on providing quality goods from our land. Our vegetables, herbs and fruit are organic and farmed with ancestral practices without any chemical products, and are certified and approved by AgroBio, the Portuguese Association of Biological Agriculture.. \r\n
\r\nOur eggs are freshly laid, and as you can see if you feel like a walk around the farm, the poultry is free-range and corn fed. (You might even see our little Vietnamese pot bellied pigs wandering around!) You will also be able to appreciate the green of the seedbeds, the sheep grazing freely on the hill and in season, the trees in the orchard covered with oranges and tangerines, or the air filled with the delicious scent of orange blossom in the Spring. \r\n
\r\nWe hope you will enjoy your experience with us! Perhaps even picking your own vegetables, or your own fruit!
Quinta Velha Queijeira is a place where many things can happen in the open air or inside the "Casão" (Big Barn). It has been totally restored and left beautifully simple so as to allow individual imagination and ideas to run riot when planning a wedding, birthday party, workshop or other event.
Quinta Velha Queijeira is a place where many things can happen.
As you arrive you see a cluster of farm buildings that are a perfect example of 18th century rural architecture, whitewashed with the traditional blue strip following the line of the houses. The first view is delightful and as you walk up the steps and into the large square you are surrounded by history and a feeling of dejá vu.
Firstly, on the left is the cheese museum, where there are demonstrations of how the famous Azeitï¿½o cheese used to be made, followed by the Grocery Store where we offer our own fresh produce and other goods from local traders.
Adjoining, is the "Casão" (Big Barn) that has been totally restored and left beautifully simple so as to allow individual imagination and ideas to run riot when planning a wedding, birthday party, workshop or other event.
Indeed, we haven''t forgotten the children! The farm with its wonderful spaces invites creative ideas for a children''s party, including various activities, such as treasure hunts, taking part in the educational day programmes (See the Gnome Farm link), feeding carrots to the friendly donkeys, going for a ride in the donkey cart, or indeed just running wild and enjoying the freedom of the farm in perfect safety.
Contact us to find out all the options, which can include entertainers, antique cars, jugglers, illusionists, clowns, facial painting, marionettes, inflatable castles, etc.